Are you a licensed, registered nurse with a Master of Science in Nursing? Have you ever considered advancing your career as a family nurse practitioner? Then the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies - FNP program is a good fit for you.
This program is designed to meet the needs of the individual who already has a Master of Science in Nursing and desires to become eligible for national certification and advance practice licensure as a Family Nurse Practitioner. This program provides the formal education and clinical experience needed for advance practice primary care of individuals across the lifespan.
Our program allows the MSN-prepared nurse to expand his/her specialty training and become eligible for advance practice certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. The plan of study includes all required advanced practice core courses as well as clinically related courses. Similar advanced practice core course content may be demonstrated in the student’s previous master’s program. At the discretion of the FNP Program Coordinator, some of these previously attained core courses may be accepted. Although a second MSN degree is not awarded for completion of the required credits and corresponding clinical practicum hours, a certificate of completion is awarded that provides eligibility for FNP certification.
With the exception of three required on-campus residencies, the coursework in the CAGS program is completely online.
The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Nursing:
- Is a flexible online program;
- Includes a minimum 630 hours of supervised clinical practicum;
- Emphasizes diagnosing and managing common primary care problems through comprehensive physical and psychosocial assessment, decision-making/diagnostic reasoning processes, and health maintenance, including health promotion and disease prevention;
- Prepares the Family Nurse Practitioner for practice in a variety of community-based practice settings such as: private medical offices/practices, community health clinics, general practice and specialty clinics, ambulatory care centers, home care programs, school settings, etc.;
- Emphasizes the implementation of evidence-based practice in the implementation of all role components of the Family Nurse Practitioner;
- Stresses participation in and use of research translation and application, implementation of health policy, leadership, education, case management, and consultation.
This program holds a mandatory orientation for new students in May prior to the start of classes. These dates are announced well in advance and students are expected to attend and participate in every day of orientation for its entirety. The College’s offer of admission will be rescinded if the student fails to attend and participate in the full orientation.
Residencies and Clinical Hours
This program has two required residencies in addition to orientation. To stay in the program, attendance at these residencies is mandatory.
A minimum of 630 unpaid clinical hours (which are in addition to your work hours) are required by the FNP program. These are earned at a location of your choice pending program director approval. All students are required to find their own clinical sites at a location of their choice pending program director approval. All candidates must possess a valid nursing license in the state where they will complete their clinical experience.
Graduates will demonstrate the following outcomes at an advanced practice level of nursing:
- Provide safe, effective culturally competent and advanced practice nursing care to individuals and families across the lifespan as a member of an interdisciplinary team and in the context of the community;
- Integrate the core competencies of research, diversity, healthcare policy, ethics, health promotion and theoretical foundation of nursing in advanced practice across the lifespan;
- Demonstrate a leadership role in the profession of nursing;
- Engage in ongoing nursing knowledge development to guide practice.
Curricular goals of the Certificate of Advanced Study program
Graduates of the FNP Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies are eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam given by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).